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password protect your settings on windows mobile

by pegasusmed / December 14, 2010 3:07 AM PST

Hi, is it possible to password protect the setting of the windows mobile when it is used on a PDA with multiple users.

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 3:10 AM PST

I wrote a few apps for Windows Mobile and targeted devices from WM 4.x to WM 6.5 and never found a multiple user feature.

While we can password lock the pda or cell phone, which one do you have that supports multiple users?

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password protect your settings on windows mobile
by pegasusmed / December 14, 2010 3:22 AM PST
In reply to: Just sharing.

Thanks for the answer, i probebly was not clear. We are using symbal mc 70,the device is used by diffrent people within the organization, some taking the liberty of "playing" with the setting constantly causing problems that results in support cals . we would like to block the options of changing the settings of the device - basicly enable the users to use a specific application only.

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" enable the users to use a specific application only"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 3:47 AM PST

That is not a feature of the WM 4 to 6.x OS. But it would not stop me from blocking the user from exiting my app.

So that may be the real cure. Have your app's author add the feature to not exit and keep focus on the app you want to stay running.

As an WM app author we can come very close to your goal. Then again there are folk that don't want to talk to the authors.

-> Another way is to install some app to reset it to the desired settings. Your WM app writer can do that too.

And finally you have the folk at Symbol to tap.

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What is your price range?
by John.Wilkinson / December 14, 2010 6:59 AM PST

Such tools do exist for Windows Mobile, but they do not come cheap, with SPB Kiosk Engine, for example, priced at $985.00 despite being not being developed for the past two years. The good news is that the price tag covers 100 licenses/devices, and you may be able to negotiate for a smaller purchase based on the number of devices your company uses.


P.S. Yes, free alternatives exist, but I have yet to find one that was not trivial to circumvent.

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Let me give this a nod.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 7:06 AM PST

SPB was the GO TO company when Windows Mobile still had a pulse.

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Frankly, Windows Mobile was "almost there" somewhere about 5.x to 6.5. SPB nailed it by letting us customize the home screen and more.

WP7 and the draconian rules (just try to get your app out?) along with tossing out all the great stuff that was in WM has a lot of WM developer's heading for the land of i and droid.
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